Coffin pair guilty of at­tempted mur­der

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A JUDGE yes­ter­day found two white farmers guilty of at­tempted mur­der af­ter they filmed them­selves forc­ing a black man into a coffin and threat­en­ing to burn him alive.

“For at­tempted mur­der of Mr [Vic­tor] Mlotshwa, I hereby find you both guilty,” judge Se­gopotje Mphahlele told the accused, be­fore sup­port­ers of the vic­tim burst out in cel­e­bra­tory songs in the court­room.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jack­son were also found guilty of kid­nap, in­tim­i­da­tion and as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

They pleaded not guilty over the in­ci­dent last year in Mpumalanga, say­ing they had only in­tended to scare Mlotshwa af­ter he al­legedly stole cop­per ca­bles from their farm. Two clips of footage taken on their mo­bile phones showed the as­sailants shov­ing Mlotshwa into the wooden coffin. – AFP

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